Wesleyan portrait of John T. Paoletti

John T. Paoletti

Professor of Art History, Emeritus

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BA Yale University
MA Yale University
MAA Wesleyan University
PHD Yale University

John T. Paoletti

John Paoletti taught the history of Italian Renaissance art and of the art of the twentieth century from 1972 to 2009. He was a William R. Kenan Professor of the Humanities from 2005 until his retirement. He received the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Wesleyan in 1997 and the Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award from the College Art Association in 2003. He was a Fellow at the School of Historical Studies, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton in the spring of 2001 and Visiting Professor at the Villa I Tatti, Harvard's Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence, in the late fall of 2008. He is currently serving as a member of the Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books, Museum of Modern Art, New York. From 1996-2000 he was the editor-in-chief of The Art Bulletin, the journal of record in art history in the United States. He served as guest curator for exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Yale Center for British Art, as well as at Wesleyan. In a number of these exhibitions, students served with him as co-curators and co-authors of the catalogue material He is the co-author with Gary Radke of Art in Renaissance Italy, now in its fourth edition. With Roger Crum he is the co-editor of and contributing author to Renaissance Florence: a Social History, (New York, 2006). He has contributed catalogue essays for exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, the National Gallery of Art and the Nurnberg Kunsthalle. He is currently at work on a monograph on Michelangelo's David, a study of Medici patronage during the fifteenth century, and a monograph on Georg Baselitz.

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